Shadow Dancer

Rated R 102 minutes 2012

This British thriller by James Marsh (Man on Wire) is a little too neatly scripted and tightly edited for my taste, but there are galvanizing performances from Andrea Riseborough, as a Belfast mother who's mixed up in the Provisional IRA, and Clive Owen, as an MI5 agent who turns her against her comrades. A prefatory scene, set in 1973, shows the main character lazily sending her younger brother on an errand and then watching him die on the kitchen table from a bullet caught during a street battle; two decades later, she's helping set up a terror attack on the subway when she's picked up and threatened with the loss of her son. Tom Bradby adapted the screenplay from his own novel, though the basic story stretches all the way back to Liam O'Flaherty's 1925 novel The Informer. With Gillian Anderson and Domhnall Gleeson.

Film Credits

Director: James Marsh

Producer: Chris Coen, Andrew Lowe, Ed Guiney, Joe Oppenheimer, Brahim Chioua, Norman Merry, Vincent Maraval, Rita Dagher and Tom Bradby

Cast: Andrea Riseborough, Clive Owen, Gillian Anderson, Aidan Gillen, Domhnall Gleeson, Brid Brennan, David Wilmot, Stuart Graham, Martin McCann and David Kendellen

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